About the Trust
The Board of Trustees
Chair | Sue Elliott
Sue Elliott has had a long career in strategic communications and government relations having worked at Parliament, before becoming a founding partner in a highly successful public and government relations company which she sold after 19 years. In 2005 she established Communications Chambers and continues to provide strategic communications advice to a large array of leading New Zealand organisations.
Sue has had a long-term involvement in a wide variety of not-for- profit community-based organisations. She was a founding member of the Wellington Museums Trust running the City Gallery, Wellington Museum City & Sea, Cable Car Museum and establishing Capital E; and spent 10 years on the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Currently her trusteeships include: The chairmanship of the United Services Medals Trust; the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust; and the Bougainville Library Trust.
Sue along with Jenny Neligan (Bowen Galleries) initiated, and curated Changing Spaces a sculpture walk included in the Yr 2000 International Festival of the Arts. For the event they commissioned 15 sculptures that were placed along Wellington’s Waterfront during the International Festival of the Arts.
Sue became a member of the Wellington Sculpture Trust in 2000 and became chair in 2013.
Trustee | Neil Plimmer MNZM
Trustee | Vivien Atkinson
Vivien Atkinson has been a member of the Sculpture Trust since 2002. She is an artist, educator and arts professional with a passion for contemporary public art.
Trustee | Helen Kedgley
Helen Kedgley is Director at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua City. A graduate of Victoria University, Massey University and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts and Ecole du Louvre in Paris, she has wide international experience in the arts.
International museum work includes the Science Museum, Oxford, England and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Helen has curated over seventy exhibitions of Maori, Pacific Island and contemporary New Zealand art, many of which have toured nationally and internationally including Toi Maori -The Eternal Thread which toured the USA. As a painter Helen has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, England, India, and Zimbabwe.
A member of the Creative New Zealand Arts Council until 2014 and a member of the Advisory Group for the Museum and Heritage Studies Program at Victoria University, she has been invited to judge numerous art awards including the Wallace Art Awards and Headlands: Waiheke Sculpture on the Gulf 2009.
Trustee | Richard T Nelson
Richard Nelson is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and is a CPA. He has a broad general management and finance background including entrepreneurial, property development and investment advisory experiences. He is an avid (and novice) art collector. In New Zealand he has previously served as Chairman Finance Committees for The Public Trust and Fulbright NZ. Presently he serves similarly for the NZ Affordable Arts Trust and the Wellington Sculpture Trust
Trustee | Richard Burrell
As a property developer, Richard Burrell’s eye is drawn to the beauty and potential in even the most utilitarian of objects or spaces. Richard has spent his professional life innovating and evolving Wellington’s industrial and urban landscapes - often commissioning installations or sculptures as part of his development process.
Richard has long been an advocate for, and patron of, the visual arts. He has provided workshop spaces across Wellington for up and coming local artists and has served four years on the boards of both the Dowse and the Skylight Trust.
Trustee | Ross Steele
Trustee | Julian Ludbrook
Julian Ludbrook has had a career in the public service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working mainly in the law, human rights and trade areas. In his last posting in Hong Kong, as New Zealand Consul-General, he was involved in promoting strengthened linkages between New Zealand and Hong Kong and Macao in the arts and creative spaces and promoted Wellington's diverse body of public art as a model of possible interest for Hong Kong.
Since leaving the Ministry, he has been undertaking research related to the Treaty of Waitangi.'
Trustee | Jane Black
Jane Black is an urban planner with wide experience in the development of public spaces in Wellington. She has had a long involvement in the Wellington Waterfront Project and was on the Technical Advisory Group before being a Director to the Board of Wellington Waterfront Limited. She works on city centre and town revitalisation projects.
Administrator | Jhana Millers
Jhana Millers is a recent Fine Arts Masters graduate from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington and has an undergraduate degree in contemporary Jewellery from Whitireia New Zealand. For the rest of the week Jhana is the manager and co-curator at 30upstairs Gallery, Wellington. She is also a founding member of The See Here, an artist run window space, and was a participant in the Handshake: Prentice and Prodigy, contemporary jewellery mentoring project version 1.